Zoomlion Ghana Limited, the leading private waste management company in Ghana has launched a pilot project which will see the company presenting waste management vans to district assemblies for waste collection purposes.
The idea is to enable the assembly members take part and supervise waste collection services in their areas.
In addition to the van, each assembly would receive GH¢2000 to promote health and sanitation education in the various municipalities and districts.
The cost of the van valued at GH¢ 19,500 would be paid back by the recipients over a period of five years at GH¢325 per month.
It would be the responsibility of the assembly to fuel the van and pay the driver's salary whilst Zoomlion would take care of servicing, repairing and maintenance.
One of such presentation ceremonies was held in Sunyani. Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Brong Ahafo Regional Minister who launched the pilot project said the district assembly project on waste management collection and public education would be extended to other municipalities and districts in the region.
It would engage the active involvement of assembly members in waste collection.
He said the necessary logistics would be provided for assembly members to actively engage in public education of residents on good sanitation.
"The programme also aims at making assembly members identify with the overall efforts being made in waste management and serve as agents of change in their areas," he added.
Mr Baffour-Awuah urged residents to co-operate with the company and assembly members for the success of the project to ensure good health for all.
An official of Zoomlion, Nana Yaw Sarkodie said the company was collaborating with Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies towards national development especially in areas of sanitation and good health.
"Zoomlion is collaborating with various government departments and agencies to ensure that the vision of government to ensure clean environment and good health for all Ghanaians would be achieved," he said.
Nana Sarkodie was optimistic that the project would be supported by all and sundry and even be more successful than any other collaborative programmes undertaken by the company.
He said the performance and seriousness of assembly members who would be in charge of the project would be monitored to ensure its success.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Supervisor of Zoomlion, Kwame Gariba expressed the hope that within the next few years, Ghana would be cleaner. He also noted that his outfit was providing one van each for each region but would increase it later upon the success of the project which was at its pilot stage.
He called on the various assemblies to enforce the by-laws which compelled landlords to provide places of convenience in their houses.